Ophelia 09 by Cate Townsend

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My first sale of an original painting, at my first exhibition.

Mixed media on canvas
Gold Leaf
Detail from Ophelia 09

I basically laid the canvas on the kitchen floor and started throwing paint, paper doylies, scratching into it with skewers all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff was happening and the painting appeared in front of me. I was looking at Ophelia earlier in the week and so the name and inspiration was born.


“There is a willow grows aslant a brook,That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;There with fantastic garlands did she comeOf crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purplesThat liberal shepherds give a grosser name,But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them:There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weedsClambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;When down her weedy trophies and herselfFell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;As one incapable of her own distress,Or like a creature native and induedUnto that element: but long it could not beTill that her garments, heavy with their drink,Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious layTo muddy death."

William Shakespear

I am an artist from the North Coast of NSW, utilizing my Graphic Design skills to generate thought processes in Adobe Photoshop. I then translate my designs onto canvas using mixed media, ie acrylic, ink, pastel, gold leaf etc. I also work intuitively with colour straight onto the canvas letting the flow of paint dictate the composition. I can relate to the Bowerbird, as I am drawn to blues and turquoises, collecting my treasures from the artists universe to produce my work.

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  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    beautiful rendition of ophelia, cate…. i see that she embraces the river…. utterly gorgeous… : )

  • Thank you mimi I am part of an exhibition starting this Saturday, excited and nervous too!

    – Cate Townsend

  • bev langby
    bev langbyover 5 years ago

    wonderful Cate and good luck with the exhibition wooohoooo

  • Thanks Bev

    – Cate Townsend

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    oh, it’s simply gorgeous, i love the gold leaf detail also… i think this will be a big big hit Cate! :) xxx

  • Thanks Karin apparently they took a photo with a couple of people pointing to it at the gallery and it will be in The Advertiser Woolgoolga’s local paper. I’m glad you like it. It’s hard to get an accurate image showing the detail because of it’s size.

    – Cate Townsend

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    I’m terribly excited for you Cate…how is the exhibition going?

  • Hi Karin I’m excited and nervous tooo! It’s going well has been pretty hectic putting the finishing touches, you know fiddly bits, and framing work. I really don’t like framing.

    Also not being able to share with my class mates has been sad. I found out that it was only me and another girl in my class chosen to exhibit from the Tafe. Both of us were sworn to secrecy and I only found out about her yesterday from the gallery. So it opens this Saturday at 3pm and my family and some friends will be there. I guess it’s people’s reaction that you worry about……like what if they think I’m crazy lol when they look at Ophelia.

    Anyway she was a bit of fun. After all the research and concentration spent on Whispers from the Dreaming I needed to splash some paint around.

    All the work has to be under $500 so that’s why I’m not putting Whispers from the dreaming in.

    I need to catch up on what everyone has been doing. Thanks for your continued support my dear friend.

    – Cate Townsend

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    thanks for the heads up Cate..it’s a shame about the others, but I’m so proud of you !!

  • Thanks Karin

    – Cate Townsend

    PERUGINAover 5 years ago

    This is just stunning Cate!.. i love it so much! All my love to you for your upcoming exhibition.. i will be thinking of you. Much success to you in abundance now and in the future!

  • I am so glad you love it Patricia I kinda think its a bit crazy lol. I must venture down to the city one day and catch up. Who knows maybe at the Manly arts festival.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronover 5 years ago

    This is an amazing piece, Cate. Reminiscent of your “Picasso style self portrait”, I think. Full of tasty little details – kind of Kandinsky meets Picasso … meets Shakespeare!
    Where are you exhibiting? I’ll come along as soon as I can.

  • lol… you are a funny man. I meant to call you guys and let you know I’ve been so busy. It’s at the Lake Russell Gallery this Saturday 15th August. Starts at 3.00 pm til 5.00 pm. After that I think it’s there for a month. It would be wonderful to see you guys there. I haven’t been able to talk about it as my teacher asked me to keep quiet, but since it’s only two days away I thought I’d better mention it.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronover 5 years ago

    Sadly, I’m off to Sydney tomorrow for a day or 3, so won’t get to the opening (or the regional gallery tomorrow night), but I hope you have a great time. I’ve been meaning to make an appointment with Charmaine for a chat about my stuff, so this will be good incentive to get up there.

  • Oh never mind Duncan It would have been great for you to be there. Charmaine is great…..easy to talk to. Take care and say hello to Lindsay and Heather for me.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Petra Pinn
    Petra Pinnover 5 years ago

    she is gorgeous Kate, beautiful work, all the best for your exhibition!

  • Thank you so much Petra I’m glad you like her.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Cate- Beautiful xx

  • Hi Anita thank you so much for your wonderful support xx

    – Cate Townsend

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